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Joseph G. Burns

S.E., P.E., CEng, F.IStructE, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP Managing Principal


Joseph Burns is a passionate advocate for the deeper integration of architecture and engineering, which he promotes through technical innovation in the design of structural systems, collaboration in practice and leadership in building science education. With more than 40 years of experience, Joe specializes in the design of complex structural systems, including earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis. His credits span across several building types, including commercial, residential, healthcare, education, cultural, aviation and sports and infrastructure. A recipient of the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Special Achievement Award, Joe was also named to Structural Engineer’s Power List and Engineering News-Record‘s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers. He is well-known as an innovator of projects, receiving recognition for the pioneering use of Tekla modeling in the redevelopment of Chicago’s Soldier Field in the late 1990s.


M.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.Arch., University of Notre Dame

Throughout his career, Joe has built a bridge between architecture and engineering that has significantly raised the standards for research, practice and training.